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Exhibit examines suicide on SD reservations

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A new exhibit at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport is highlighting the problem of teenage suicide on Indian reservations in South Dakota.

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In 2011, about 200 disposable cameras were given to Lakota children living on reservations to document what hope means to them. Federal statistics show that the rate of suicide among Native Americans is more than two times the national average.

Project creator Jason Alley says that the project started as a grassroots advertising and social media campaign about youth suicide on the Pine Ridge reservation but has turned into an awareness campaign about the issue.

The Lakota Voice Project is collaboration between the Black Hills' chapter of the American Advertising Federation and Oglala Lakota College business students.

The exhibit will be on display for several months.

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